Rory Savatgy

Prince Edward Island, Canada Releases New Provincial Rules for Cannabis Legalization

Officials in Prince Edward Island, Canada have offered more details on their cannabis legalization rules, announcing that adults 19-and-older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams in public with no restrictions on limits in private residences, the CBC reports. The Department of Justice and Public Safety also announced that Canada’s Island Garden, OrganiGram, and Canopy Growth Corporation will provide the province with cannabis products.

The government will operate four retail outlets to start and will allow online sales. The province will enact so-called open container laws, which require cannabis to be in sealed packaging while in a vehicle – and if the package is open it cannot be accessible to anyone in the vehicle. Edibles will not be permitted until July 2019.

“Our focus remains on getting rid of the illegal market, ensuring Islanders are making an informed choice, and protecting the public health and safety of Islanders.” – Minister of Finance Heath MacDonald to the CBC

Officials plan to develop drugged driving laws prior to legalization. According to the report, a summary offense will be created for driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle. Summary offenses usually result in fines rather than incarceration.

According to the provincial timeline on legalization, P.E.I. is on track to begin legal sales when the reforms are enacted, which are expected in July.

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